Back in Love With Handbags

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I don’t usually get excited about bags to be honest.  Or at least I haven’t in a few years.  I think it’s because I got too caught up in being all practical – needing a bag to fit EVERYTHING I might possible need for myself and my kid.  But this Spring there are just way too many cute bags to be practical.

All of a sudden I find myself obsessed with bags.  Mini cross body, straw totes, geometric shapes, bright colours, pom poms, Love them all.  However, they aren’t going to fit everything I may, or may not, need in a day.  But I have decided that’s okay.  I can stash a diaper bag in the car just in case and carry a super cute bag for myself.

Here are a few of my favourite bags right now.  And as always they are pretty affordable, most of them are less than $50.

Mini Crossbody Bags

I love the colour and shapes of these bags and who doesn’t love a lightweight bag.  Sure they are small and you can’t fit alot in them but I mean we only ever use 5% of what is in our purse anyways…..

The green is my favourite.  Green is such a  great neutral because it goes with pretty much everything except a bright red – unless its Christmas of course.

Click the images to shop or click here for the green bag, the pale pink and the yellow.

 

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The Straw Bag

And then there is the straw bag.  Yes they are everywhere but thats because they are so perfect for the summer. I love these for casual weekend looks.

The bag with all the pom poms and the multi colour strap is the only one that’s  a little more pricey at $100 but its from Nordstrom so hopefully it will go on sale.  The other two are under $50.

Click the image to shop or click here for the white pop pom tote, here for the multi colour pom pom tote and here for the pom pom tote with the multi colour strap.

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Half Moon Bag

This take on the straw bag is a little more structured and so it works with a more dressed up look.  LOVE the handle on the black bag.  It is on back order at Zara right now but if you click through to the zara site you you can select an option to have them email you as soon as it is restocked.  But you have to order as soon as you get the email.  The back order items sell out so fast,m even after they are restocked.

Click the images to shop or click to shop the black tote and here for the red tote.

 

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Happy Shopping

 mandi

Spring Dress Staples

 

What I love most about a Spring/Summer wardrobe is that I get to wear dresses. No pants, no tights – so comfortable.  I just love bare legs.  Mind you along with the comfort of bare legs comes shaving……. but it’s worth it.  Especially when your hair is blond because you can totally get away with skipping a few days (at least I think no one notices).

I am sharing a few of my favourite Spring/Summer dresses from Zara and The Bay.  I love shopping online at both these stores because shipping is free (if you spend over $50) and returns are simple.

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Spring Trend: Black and White

I know Spring is often all about colour and florals, but there is something about a classic black and white look that is so Spring to me.

 

I love a head to toe black and white look, especially when you pair it with a pop of colour – maybe a coral lip or yellow shoe.  But black and white pieces are so versatile that they look great with colour as well.  I tend to stick to pale colours and neutrals when looking for something to pair with a statement black and white piece with.

A few of my favourite black and white pieces are below.  All under $100.  And all from Zara.

Houndstooth Jacket

This I love.  Its a classic print and this fit will never go out of style..  And it’s only $100. This would look great with a head to toe black and white look – perhaps with a pearl embellished tee and a pair of skinny cropped ankle pants for the office.  But it would also look cute dressed down with a little colour – maybe a pair of distressed denim and a pale pink tee.

Click image to shop or click here. 

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Embroidered blouse

I would wear this with a more casual look, maybe a pair of distressed black denim shorts and black buckled ankle boots (something like this).

Click the image to shop or click here.

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Back and White Ruffled Blouse

The piping on this blouse is so classic. It’s pretty structured on top but the ruffle on the bottom is a fun and flirty detail, making it one of those pieces that you can wear into the office or with denim on the weened.

Click the image to shop or click here.

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Side Stripe Pencil Skirt

I haven’t ordered this skirt yet but it is taking all of my willpower not to order it.  By the time I am done this blog post I am sure it will be in my cart.

Not only do I love black and white, but I love a midi pencil skirt – so classic.  This would look cool with the houndstooth jacket above or to make it a little more casual wear it with a knotted denim shirt.

Click the image to shop or click here. 

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Side Stripe Pants

These pants would also look great with the houndstooth jacket or a white or grey tee and a longline black vest.  OR to dress them down, a graphic tee would look cool with a distressed denim jacket.  Also they would look so cute with a pair of white ankle boots.

Click the image to shop or click here. 

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Happy Shopping

 mandi

 

 

 

1 Jacket 3 Looks

jacket-dress-1Yep, more Zara.  This jacket is so versatile and to prove it I am showing you 3 completely different looks – starring this jacket.  Unfortunately this jacket is sold out but I found a similar one from TopShop (only $85).  Actually, I think I like the TopShop one more than this, c’est la vie.

SHOP    Similar Jacket from TopShop 

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Zara Sale – Can’t Stop……

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This jacket was a major score from Zara this week for only $60. To be honest I have gone a little nuts at Zara the last month.  I really need to take a bit of a shopping break and work with what I have,  at least until Spring.

Anyhow,  I love that this menswear inspired jacket is super oversized. I wore my faux leather leggings from Aritzia.  They are really high waisted and have tons of spandex in the tummy area.  Super slimming.

As for the shirt, its from Zara too.  Its a basic long sleeve pocket tee with a ruffle at the bottom. It comes in black, rose and olive.  And its only $12 on sale at Zara right now.

And I dug these boots out from the back of my closet – they were a Winners score from a least 5 years ago.  They remind me of something you might have seen on Anne of Green Gables. But nonetheless I think they look super cool with these leggings.

SHOP   Checked Coat: Zara – just sold out but here is something similar  Vegan Leather Leggings: Aritzia   Olive Ruffle Top: Zara 

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Pretty in Pink

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Typically pink is not a go to colour for me when it comes to my wardrobe. But when I saw this coat at Zara I knew I had to have it.  It probably didn’t hurt that it was on clearance for only $69.  I love the floaty shape (it’s perfect for layers), the length and the soft salmon shade of pink.

Usually with a bold piece like this, I keep the rest of my look fairly neutral and monochromatic. I stuck with grey in this case.  I also loved the way the pink looked with thus red scarf. Not only are pink and red a little unexpected as a colour combo but I found that the red somehow toned down the pink a little.

Oh and meet Molly.  She is the snuggliest, softest bestie a girl could ask for.

The coat at Zara is sold out.  But I have listed a similar style below.

SHOP ♥ Similar Three Quarter Sleeve Coat: H&M ♥ Similar Scarf: Indigo

 

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